It’s amazing what a couple of wins can do for the psyche of a young baseball team.
For the first time in awhile the Tigers were having fun on the baseball field and in the dugout in Friday night’s 8-2 win over Virginia Tech.
Head coach Monte Lee said afterwards that it is important for the Tigers to stop worrying about the past, including the recent losing streak, and to use these last two wins to build some momentum.
“We just need to get some good momentum going, continue to play confident baseball Clemson baseball,” Lee said. “The past is the past. We keep talking about it and quite honestly we need to stop talking about it. Need to talk about what we’re doing right now and right now we played a good baseball game and we need to do it again tomorrow.”
However, Lee was quick to point out that his team still has some work to do, but felt like what he has seen in the past week makes him think his team is on the right track.
“I just feel like we’ve had a good week so far,” Lee said. “Again, we don’t want to make too much of it, but we want to we want to make sure that the guys understand, you know, that we played good baseball in the two games that we played this week.”
Getting Adam Hackenberg back in the lineup has helped tremendously, and Lee said that he expects Sam Hall back on the practice field sometime in the next 10-14 days. Although, there was some bad news on the injury front as Davis Sharpe has been scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday due to an undisclosed injury.
“Ty Olenchuck will start tomorrow,” Lee said. “We had to scratch Davis Sharpe from his start tomorrow. We don’t we don’t know the extent of it quite yet, we’ll know a little bit more tomorrow. We don’t think that it’s anything serious, but we want to be very cautious with him.”
Clemson is set to host Virginia Tech in the second of a three game series on Saturday at 3 p.m.